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Old 03-02-2010, 04:31 PM  
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. . .totally meaningless.

French Camp, Mississippi where the per capita income is $5,047 are not competition.

You sure. . .?
Amazon.com: On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not (9780312359201): Robert Burton: Books

The median Household Income for French Camp is $25,417.
ZIPskinny demographic information for 39745 - FRENCH CAMP MISSISSIPPI
I guess each house could have 5 people.

The median US household income is approx. $50K.

One way to get the most accurate pricing is to get enough bids so that at least some of them cluster. Your true cost is likely in the center of the cluster. It's called a dot plot.

relative cost
$0.....|.....|.....|
........1.....2....3
.....a.....bcd...f
with a and f being outliers and c being the true cost.

But getting prices off the Internet is less hassle and if you get enough of them the accuracy of each one is less important. Thirty can be considered a statistically large sample.


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You sure. . .?
Amazon.com: On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not (9780312359201): Robert Burton: Books

The median Household Income for French Camp is $25,417.
ZIPskinny demographic information for 39745 - FRENCH CAMP MISSISSIPPI
I guess each house could have 5 people.

The median US household income is approx. $50K.

One way to get the most accurate pricing is to get enough bids so that at least some of them cluster. Your true cost is likely in the center of the cluster. It's called a dot plot.
That book sounds like one you need to read....

Lets examine what I said...
Per Capita Income... By definition Per Capita Income takes all income within a given population and divides it equally among the entire population.

You came back with...
Median Household Income...By definition Median Household Income divides the income of each household into 2 equal groups one high and one low with the 50th percentile income being the median income.

If you want to use Median Household Income for the figure that is fine with me. Median Household Income: $146,755 trumps the $25,417 fairly hard and yes the expenses of operating a business in that area are much higher and so are the costs.

ZIPskinny demographic information for 06820 - DARIEN CONNECTICUT

Use your dot graph all you want and you might depending on your sampling get a reasonably close US average, but the bottom line is what plumbers in your area are willing to do the work for.

Schools out! For tonights homework read the first 2 chapters in "On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not" and we will have a quiz tomorrow.


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read the first 2 chapters in "On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not" and we will have a quiz tomorrow.
I read the book about 5 times. It was a hard read because he said a lot of things that I don't want to believe.
May I use my notes for the quiz?
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Aw, man, . . .my memory is definitely not what it. . .hmmm. . .uh. . .what were we tawkin' about?
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So when you say that there's a clog in the main line are you talking about the house or the city pipes. The thing is I live in military housing and I don't have to pay for any of the service. I think the only time I would have to pay for anything is if I damage something like if I purposly damage something. Anyways when ever I call they send a plumber out to the house. All three times they've sent out plumbers. The first one really didn't do much and the second and third one are the ones that used the contraption what ever it is. So does this mean that I'm going to keep having this problem? I've done couple of loads of laundry and it hasn't happened yet knock on wood. Well thanks everybody for all the informative posts still little confused with all this but it's been very helpful.

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Well See all that cost chatter was totally meaningless...

If you have been running the washer without the water coming up then it sounds like they have cleared the problem...

If it repeats soon at some point you might have to turn up the heat and stir some action out of the plumbers...

I'm sure they have adequate equipment on your base it just might be hard finding someone that knows how to use it...



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